Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu

Illustrated by Pablo Picasso (Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973), Cut by Georges Aubert (French, 20th century), Author Honoré de Balzac (French, 1799–1850), Publisher Ambroise Vollard (French, 1867–1939), Printer Louis Fort (French, 20th century), Printer Aimé Jourde (French, 20th century)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Artist & the Book 225; Geiser 123-35


Overall (book only): 33.3 x 26.6 x 3.5 cm (13 1/8 x 10 1/2 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 13 etchings and 67 wood engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Ambroise Vollard, 1931) Folio; 66 leaves; unbound in original printed paper wraps (yellow cloth case).

Literary illustrations and decorative designs.

Paris: Ambroise Vollard, 1931


Galerie Gérald Cramer, Geneva, from whom purchased by MFA, January 9, 1947.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund


© 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.